29 August 2017
Source: It's Called Censorship and Salleh Mulls Totalitarian Tactics Too, Malaysiakini
What a surprise, Minister Salleh Keruak, who achieved promotion as Najib’s most enthusiastic cheerleader, promoting all manner of gross untruths throughout the scandal over 1MDB, wants to censor those who have been by and large disseminating truth.
Salleh wants to be able to decide who gets to host a website and what they get to put on it.
Not only does he want this access to censorship, he also wants to achieve a totalitarian control by monitoring who reads what on these sites as well.
Since Salleh is not the greatest brain and since he has been shown to be a repeat promoter of self-serving lies on behalf of a criminal conspiracy to steal billions from the public, this is a deeply worrying power he ought not have. Even were he to be a sensible and honest person, such weapons should never be available to fall into the hands of villains.
He justifies it by saying that other notoriously oppressive states use these weapons already.
Is Salleh hoping to rush in these controls, so that he can silence the online media before the election? You bet he is!
29 August 2017
Source: Forget PKR, What About Turmoil In PAS?, The Malaysian Insight
If there is confusion in PKR about whether it’s worth trying to maintain good working relations with its former ally (following PAS’s unilateral severing of ties between the parties back in May) what about the rank and file members of PAS?
It was the President Hadi and the Syura Council who triggered the split, in the latest of a long line of decisions designed to break down PAS’s working relationships with its former politcal allies and apparently move the party towards cooperation with UMNO instead.
The change of direction has already split PAS in two, forcing the moderate and secular leaders out to form Amanah, which has devastatingly taken half of PAS’s votes in subsequent by-elections. Most leaders would be appalled by such damage, but Hadi has carried on bulldozing alliances, which were painstakingly built over many years.
Indeed, PAS rank and file and PAS voters must sigh with ever greater anxiety each time the leadership makes further needless enemies out of their former friends, driving the party further into a hardline rump of extremists with their Islamic State agenda. The debates in PKR must rate nothing compared to those questions within PAS.
So, Hadi should start looking over his own shoulder and counting how many people actually remain behind him as he throws away yet more past friends and apparenly places all his bets on his new “mature cooperation” with Najib’s scandal soaked UMNO/BN alliance.
29 August 2017
Source: Ungrateful Voters - Zahid Had Better Get Used To It!, Malaysiakini
A certain type of politician is always eager to blame others for their failures, but rarely does one who is seeking re-election blame voters.
It is a rule of democratic politics that voters have to be right, since after all they are the boss and the job is in their gift.
BN politicians are awfully keen of course on turning all this on its head and acting like the grand givers towards the humble voters, whom they expect to show grovelling gratitude and burn sacrifices of thanks for their munificence.
However, people know that it was not Zahid who brought development, either through his own money or his own toil. Whilst Zahid has enjoyed the perks and power of office, the entire world around has been developing too and much of it far faster than Malaysia (see South Korea/Japan, both far poorer countries in terms of resources).
Were it not for the selfish policies and corruption of Zahid’s party the average Malaysian taxpayer, who has funded all his ‘development policies’ and a lot more besides, would be immesurably better off.
That is why many of the more informed areas in Malaysia have indeed started voting Zahid’s party out. They owe BN no duty whatsoever. Like any boss they have seen that Zahid and his friends are poor and ineffective employees, who have also been stealing around the house and so they have fired them.
To be accused of being ungrateful is hardly going to attract voters back into hiring them again.